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Permission refused for unsustainable development

This is an important decision by Bracknell Forest Borough on the grounds that it is unsustainable development in a backland area with no easy access to public transport and amenities. https://www.bracknellnews.co.uk/news/19764818.inappropriate-backland-homes-plan-near-ascot-refused/

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Beauty or the Beast?

Beauty or the Beast? Proposed reforms to the planning system were unveiled in the white paper last year and resulted in an outcry here in the home counties, with Theresa May saying it would result in the wrong houses being built in the wrong places.  The electorate in Chesham and Amersham seemed to agree.  It […]

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Permission Granted for Filmset in Swinley

Bracknell Forest councillors voted overwhelmingly to approve the application for a filmset in Swinley Forest at the end of Buttersteep Rise. This was despite Windsor and Maidenhead council rejecting a similar proposal on a similar...

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SPAE AGM 2021

We are very conscious that we did not manage to hold an Annual General Meeting in 2020 because of Covid restrictions.

We have delayed a decision regarding a date for the next AGM because we want to have a high degree of confidence that this can be held IN PERSON, partly because we have some significant business to transact (including the review of membership fees) and also because we know that many members enjoy the opportunity to meet up with old friends and we want them to be comfortable to do so.

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Backlog of 1.1 Million Homes

There are well over 1 million homes with planning permission waiting to be built, according to analysis just published by the Local Government Association.

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Taller Masts on the Way

This means that telecommunication companies will not need planning permission for increases in height up to a maximum of 25 metres.

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Pollution in Ascot Demands Action

Levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) are 20% higher at Station Hill in Ascot than they are at the Royal Berkshire and Sunningdale Golf Clubs, according to a study carried out by Imperial College London.

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Historic Windsor Route Faced With Solar Farm

What would King John make of solar panels being built on his route from Windsor to Winchester?

John was King of England at the time of the Magna Carta in the 13th Century and made journeys along the Three Castles Path, which passes through Ascot Racecourse.

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The Secretary of State Intervenes

A proposal for 1,000 homes at Sandleford Park is to be determined by the Secretary of State. This follows the Council’s refusal to grant permission for the scale of housing, a new primary school, the expansion of a 6th form academy and a commercial centre, arguing that the scheme would be harmful and unsustainable.

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Taking The Country’s Temperature

Windsor & Maidenhead and Bracknell Forest are amongst the healthiest areas to live in the country, according to the Office for National Statistics. The Royal Borough has come third with Bracknell Forest close behind in sixth place.

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